MUDHA (Dominican-Haitian women’s movement) regrets that the present law in the Dominican Republic still does not recognize the Dominican nationality of the sons and daughters of foreign parents who were born in Dominican territory, and who are entitled to Dominican nationality as established in the Constitutions prior to 2010, who were never registered and have not had a birth certificate.
Before the law that establishes the special regime for people born in the national territory, irregularly registered in the Dominican Civil Registry and on naturalization, approved on Thursday May 15th, 2014 in two consecutive readings and unanimously by the Chamber of Deputies and Wednesday 21st of the same month in the Senate of the Republic, MUDHA wishes to express its position.
MUDHA recognizes that the special law, arising from the need to correct the problem created by Sentence 168 of the Constitutional Court of September 2013, which establishes that all persons born to foreign parents –considered irregular residents in the national territory, from 1929 to the present–, will not be Dominican, is an advance in the search for solutions and national consensus.
The Dominican-Haitian Women’s Movement considers that the law establishing a special regime for persons born in the national territory irregularly registered in the Dominican Civil Registry and on naturalization continues to exclude the most vulnerable populations and to leave thousands of people at risk of statelessness who have not been registered and have never had access to documentation on their Dominican identity. Although they were born in the Dominican Republic, the Law still considers them foreigners in the land where they were born and leads them to initiate a process of regularization and naturalization as foreigners.
MUDHA, which has been working for more than 30 years for the recognition of the nationality of people who were not registered in the civil registry, will continue to support and work for the most vulnerable populations that still do not have access to Dominican documentation and nationality and to whom the right to nationality continues to be violated.